‘erma’ means ‘being slightly drunk’

 

erma — an idiom that in sichuan dialect means being slightly drunk — fits perfectly as a name of a pub located in taikoo li business circle, china. the brand erma pub collaborated with HDC design to revive their old business, revealing a mixed sense of slight sorrows, laughter, and enjoyment at night. the fusion of traditional red brick with dark metal, the multi-level lines, and the geometrically folded balcony add a retro style to the whole facade. meanwhile, pops of colors and beams of pink in collision with petrol hues, form the visual system of the entire project.geometrical lines + pops of color create a tipsy night within erma pub in china
all images courtesy of he chuan

 

 

a tipsy night in chengdu

 

the original detached building and the window opening system were the main challenges of the design, while the existing red bricks symbolizing the brand of erma, asked to be preserved. the L-shaped bar counter on the ground level serves as the core of the pub, where four big funnel-type lanterns hover above, expressing the artistic conception of martial arts chivalry. the enclosed and non-linear layout emphasizes that even when sitting closely, the guests can gather maintaining their privacy.

 

the division of space is inspired by the traditional chinese window lattices, which create geometrical lines. the modern metal lanterns light up the youthful vigor in every corner, while metal and lines interweave to create a tipsy night in chengdu.

geometrical lines + pops of color create a tipsy night within erma pub in china

geometrical lines + pops of color create a tipsy night within erma pub in china
bar area

geometrical lines and pops of color create a tipsy night within retro pub in china
seating area

geometrical lines and pops of color create a tipsy night within retro pub in china
courtyard

 

 

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geometrical lines and pops of color create a tipsy night within retro pub in china
 
seating area details
seating area details
metal lanterns
metal lanterns
the division of space is inspired by the traditional chinese window lattices
the division of space is inspired by the traditional chinese window lattices
geometrical lines and pops of color create a tipsy night within retro pub in china
 
geometrical lines and pops of color create a tipsy night within retro pub in china
 

project info:

 

name: erma pub taikoo li 
chief designer: jiajun tang / rene

design company: hummingbird design

furniture and equipment design: timestone design 

illumination design: hummingbird design

lighting system: lettin

location:  dacishi, cheng du, china

size: 766 sqm

opening: 2021

photography: he chuan

 

 

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edited by: christina petridou | designboom